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2017 Swinging Bridge Open

Swinging Bridge Open
Saturday, May 13
Tournament Director- Dana Vicich 815-575-1917
Riverside Disc Golf Course in Pontiac, IL
2 rounds of at least 20 holes. All Pros/Adv/Adv Masters play long tee on 18

All Am Divisions $43
All Pro Divisions $43

This is a player pack/trophy only event for all Am divisions.
Am player pack to include (at least)- Umbrella, Birdie Bag, Pint Glass, Koozie and Discmania Disc.

3 Ways to sign up:
-Register online at
-Register via mail by sending a check to Dana Vicich 24052 Lakeview Dr. Minooka, IL 60447
-Register in person with Dana

$5 day of registration fee
Optional Ace Fund $2
Optional 50/50 CTP $3

Check in/registration 8:00-9:15
Player mtg 9:30
Lunch available on site!
Sponsorship opportunities available!

Swinging Bridge Open 2016

PDGA C-tier
Chatauqua Park in Pontiac, IL
Pre-register online
or send check to Dana Vicich 24052 Lakeview Dr. Minooka, IL 60447
Check in/register 8:00-9:15
2 rounds of minimum 18 holes
Lunch available to order on site
All Am divisions $30
All Pro divisions $40
Add $5 to sign up day of
Payout top half in all divisions
Non current/non PDGA members add $10
*Optional Ace Fund $2
*Optional 50/50 CTP $3


Pine Hills Experiment PDGA C Tier 3/19 Ottawa, IL

Pine Hills Experiment- PDGA C-tier
Saturday, March 19
Pine Hills Golf Course, Ottawa IL
1665 N. 2501 Rd

Check in/register 8-915, player mtg 9:30

2 rounds of 18 holes w/golf cart (weather pending on the carts) on the temporary course at Pine Hills. Please plan to tee off natural tees, rubber tees and concrete.

Divisions Offered (Must have 4 to create a division):
All Pro Divisions $65 All Am Divisions $50
Pro Women
Advanced Women
Pro Master
Adv Master

-Ace and 50/50 pay during check in
-Please order lunch during or after morning check in. Pine Hills has a full service bar and restaurant. No outside food or drink allowed.
- Entry fee includes cart fee ($5), green fee ($15), PDGA fee ($3)
-All golf greens off limits, if you throw your disc on a green it stays there until Pine Hills staff retrieves it.

Highland Halloween Open 10/31

Highland Halloween Open

Highland Park (Pilcher) in Joliet, IL


Check in/Register 7:30-8:45

Player Mtg 9:00

2 Rounds of 18

All Am Divisions $30

All Pro Divisions $45

Add $10 if you are not a current PDGA Member

Optional $2 Ace Fund and $3 50/50

Payout 50% all divisions

3 ways to register: Online at, in person with Dana or by mailing a check to 24052 Lakeview Dr Minooka IL 60447

Tournament Director: Dana Vicich 815-575-1917

Illinois State Doubles Championship at Pine Hills

Saturday, November 7
Pine Hills Golf Club in Ottawa, IL
1665 N 2501 Rd

Two rounds of 24 holes at Pine Hills Golf Course on a temporary course. Many holes will be familiar from previous events.

One round will be straight best shot, where both players throw and then choose their lie. Depending on your division, one round will be a modified format, which may include numerous styles of doubles.

Players are not allowed to play down in a division. Do not try to play down and do not ask me if you can play down. PDGA Ratings will be used, tournament/league history and if necessary I will help place you in the correct division.
Divisions Offered:
-Beginner (Rec/Novice)
-Masters (combined age of 80+, both players must be at least 39)
-Sr Masters (combined age of 100+, both players must be at least 49)
***Cost Per Pro Team- $130 (includes $15 per player Pine Hills Fees)
***All other divisions- $100 (includes $15 per player Pine Hills Fees)
Optional fees: $10 per team for cart, $2 Ace, $3 50/50

***GOLF CARTS: $10 per team for the day. Limit of 38 carts FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE based on registration. Carts may not be available due to weather. Decision will be made the morning of the event. Do not ask to reserve a cart, the only way to do so is by signing up and paying for one.

Payouts will be in cash for the pro division AND any player who is classified as a pro in the Mixed division and Master/Sr Master divisions. Merchandise payout for all Am’s.
-Trophies for 1st place

Hard cap of 96 total players/48 teams, do not wait to register. Event expected to fill quickly.
Check in 7:30-8:30
Player mtg 8:35
Round 1 tee at 9am OR AFTER FROST LIFTS
Round 2 tee roughly 1 hour after R1 ends.

How to sign up:
Send check to Dana Vicich 24052 Lakeview Dr. Minooka, IL 60447
Online reg coming soon to
In person with Dana

Prodigy Disc Presents the L I S Pine Hills Experiment

Saturday, May 9

-PDGA B-tier
-Maple Hill Open Qualifier (Players can opt in for $10)
-Part of the 2015 Ledgestone Insurance Series.

1 Round of 18 at Marilla Park Disc Golf Course in Streator, IL
1 Round or 18 at Pine Hills Golf Course in Ottawa, IL
We will have two pools of players, each with a maximum of 72.
A Pool will play Marilla (Streator) R1- check in/register 8-915
B Pool will play Pine Hills (Ottawa) R1- check in/register 8-915
Round 2: A pool will play Pine Hills and B pool will play Marilla
Pine Hills has a full bar/kitchen for lunch/dinner
$500 added to the Men’s Open division
Player packs for all Am’s: LIS Prodigy Disc
$20 per player goes to Pine Hills for Cart/Greens Fee
$1 per player goes to the Ledgestone Insurance Series
$4 per player goes to PDGA Fees
All pro divisions: $70
All am divisions: $50

-Online registration available at
-You can send a check to Ledgestone Insurance Open 1142 Peoria Street Washington, IL 61571
-You may also sign up in person with Dana or Nate Heinold

Swinging Bridge Open 2015

Swinging Bridge Open- 4/19 in Pontiac, IL

PDGA C-tier
Sunday, April 19
Chatauqua and Play Park in Pontiac, IL (Riverview DGC)
Pre-register at
or send check to Dana Vicich 24052 Lakeview Dr. Minooka, IL 60447
Check in/register 8:00-9:15
2 rounds of minimum 18 holes
Lunch available to order on site
All Am divisions $30
All Pro divisions $40
Add $3 to sign up day of
Payout top half in all divisions
Non current/non PDGA members add $10
*Optional Ace Fund $2
*Optional 50/50 $3
*$3 day of registration fee

3rd Annual “Ice Bowl” A Success

Ice Bowl 2014

Heavy snowfall Friday night into Saturday could not keep 60 disc golfers from making their way to Pine Hills Golf Club in Ottawa to compete in the 3rd Annual Pine Hills Ice Bowl. Disc golfers from all over the state risked dangerous driving conditions and closed roads to play in this annual fundraiser event. Over $2,000 and 195 lbs of food were raised for the Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley’s “Street Outreach” program. Tournament Director, Dana Vicich attributed the strong turnout to the reputation of Pine Hills as being a great place to play disc golf, especially on a cold and snowy day like Saturday. Players took advantage of the warm clubhouse between rounds as well as the numerous fires out around the course during rounds. He also cited that in general, disc golfers have big hearts and love to help a worthy cause. A big round of applause needs to go to Jeremiah Pike and the Pine Hills staff for their hard work and countless hours they put into hosting the event. Pike has seen the event grow each year and looks to continue that trend in 2015. For more information on how to help the Youth Service Bureau and their Street Outreach program, call 815-433-3953.

One For the Record Books

While chatting with a buddy after the whole World’s fiasco, he told me that I was going to go win the next tournament I play in. We’re both similarly rated and have experienced some of the same ups and downs. “Miss the cut one weekend and win the next!” I took this conversation to heart and decided that was exactly what I was going to do. It wasn’t easy getting right back on the horse, but that’s what I did. What helped make the decision was that Plastic Addicts was hosting the Central Illinois Championships at two of the best courses in Illinois, McNaughton and Morton (Northwood Park).

McNaughton is a classic course and known as one of the most challenging courses in the state for the past 15+ years. It is one of my favorite courses of all time. I can remember my first time playing there, it was in ’03 and I had only been playing for a year. I played it with my left hand, as my right hand was broken from a lacrosse accident. Like most of the locals that play McNaughton, I only managed to play the easier front nine.

Over the following years I would try to get over and play McNaughton as much as possible. As I got better and better, it became a goal to shoot a round in the 40s from the long tees. This feat had only been accomplished two times, and that was by Brian Schweberger (long time touring pro) and Cam Todd (’01 World Champ). They both did this when the course was a little bit easier. Many of the long tees have been lengthened and a few baskets pushed into tougher placements since then, making it extremely difficult to break into the 40s. There had been many events with many world class players and no one had been able to do it. Many rounds started out on pace to shoot in the 40s, but would fizzle out on the difficult and demanding back 9.

I woke up early Saturday morning and made the two hour drive down to Pekin. I was feeling pretty good about my putt, even after coming off a horrendous showing at the World Championships.  I had put in some time on the practice basket and found my putting rhythm. Adding a little ‘hitch’ seemed to get my timing back together.

I started my round on one of the easier par 3 birdie holes, hole 2. A solid drive left me with a 28 ft. downhill putt, which I confidently made. I then went on to have drop in birdies on the following 2 holes. Short birdie putts were made on holes 5 and 6 before I took pars on 7 and 8. Another good birdie putt on 9 left me at 6 under par after 8 holes being played. This was not new territory, as many others have lit up the front 9 before. The back 9 is where things get serious. I was unable to capitalize on any of the few par 3s on the back, but I was getting 3s, which is not easy to do. My hot putting streak ended on hole 17 when I missed my difficult, downhill putt for 3 and carded a par (4). At this point, I knew that I had a special round going. Just thinking about it right now makes me feel like I could go out and putt as brilliantly as I did for those first 16 holes. Hole 18 is one of the better finishing holes in the state. Unfortunately, a few of the trees that made the drive difficult are now dead and gone. I took advantage and ripped a solid teeshot. It wasn’t my best drive on the hole, but it left me in a spot where I could reach the pin on my 2nd throw. I proceed to nail my 400+ foot upshot. It looks like I’m parked for the birdie 3 and that baring any craziness on hole 1, I was going to card a 49. As we get to the basket for #18, we see that I’ve gone deep and have a tester for my birdie. Had I done as so many others before me have done? Did I count my chips before I had em? These were the thoughts bouncing around my brain.

I am now facing a 25 footer for what is most likely a record round.  I had just missed a putt on 17. I shake these thoughts off and all of the other negative ones that were wreaking havoc on my confidence. I go through my routine, which now consisted of the mantra, “Hold the pose, like D-Rose” (a reminder to follow through on putts). My card-mates stare on, possibly aware of my score or possibly thinking about their shots and their less than stellar round. I’m now in my routine and putting just another 25 footer. In the scheme of things, that’s all it is, just another putt. Center chains and it sticks on the old basket. I don’t let my emotions get to me, we still have hole 1 to play.

Hole 1 is a par 3, but its a pretty tough birdie.  It is easy to rack up a 4 if you get aggressive and miss your shot. I take a safe shot that nearly turns out perfect. I play the low flex shot with an overstable disc and I just clip one of the guardian trees. No bad kick. It just drops me into the fairway, roughly 125 feet out. So I’m left with all of the same thoughts as the last hole and I can hear the story, “I had a 49 in the bag, but couldn’t get up and down from 125 ft on hole 1″. Not today though. I again bear down, pushing out the negativity and perfectly place my Ridge (Vibram Putter) next to the basket. It was such a relief to tap out and count up the scorecard. I had done it, a 49 from McNaughton long tees. Too bad it wasn’t a few years ago when there was a $50 bounty offered by the TD (coincidentally I was the TD) on a sub 50 round. I didn’t care though. I could have shot it in a practice round and been this happy. But I managed to put it together and do it during the 1st round of a B-tier. That was just the icing on the cake.

I went on to win the tournament after a decent 2nd round over at Morton. It felt more like a celebratory walk in the park than a competitive tournament round. In a year of ups and downs, this round would definitely be one of my biggest highs.

A month later a star studded field of golfers tackled McNaughton long tees for the Ledgestone A-tier. Lefty all-star Devan Owens absolutely shredded the long tees. Owens would unfortunately (for him) run into problems on hole 17, much like I did. He wasn’t as fortunate though, carding a bogey 5. He would finish his round on 18 with a birdie 3 to card another 49. I am not gonna lie, I was excited that my 49 was not trumped. I’m happy to share the record with a friend and great golfer like Devan.

So there is the story of my 49. Many of you probably haven’t played the long tees at McNaughton, but I’m sure you have a course that you can relate my story to. I’m already looking forward to getting back out there and trying to top those 49s.



The Worlds (are) Over!

I battled poor putting and a weak mental game all week at the World Championships. In the end, I came up pretty short of where I would have liked to finish. I’m disappointed, but eager to learn from it and move on. Moving on is what I’ll be doing this weekend at the Central Illinois Championships, presented by Plastic Addicts.  (If anyone needs discs, I suggest purchasing from Plastic Addicts!). We are playing on two of my favorite Illinois courses- Northwoods Park and McNaughton Park. Then on Sunday, I’ll be heading out East to one of my favorite events of the year- The Vibram Open. Really looking forward to that trip, with my good friend Miles from Paragon Disc Golf. After the Vibram, I’m ganging up with a few friends and we’re heading up to Vermont for some disc golf and brewery adventures. It is going to be a good few weeks out on the road. I’ll be happy to get back home to see Ashley and get back to wedding planning (11-23!!!). I will only be home for a few days before heading back down to Peoria for the Ledgestone Insurance Championships. I had a horrendous finish to that event last year, so I’m really itching to put together a solid performance this year. Thanks for reading, I will try and keep up with a few posts here and there during the trip!